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 Don Brown
Don  Brown
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

BC Experience:
Third year at Boston College


Defensive Leaders Guide Teammates Into New Season

The Eagles look to build on success of last season


Williams Captures Unanimous All-America Status

Senior running back a first-team choice on five official All-America teams; Freese earns FWAA All-America second-team recognition


Andre Williams Earns Associated Press All-America honors

Senior running back also collects distinction from and CBS


Don Brown A Nominee for Broyles Award

Defensive coordinator nominated for top assistant in college football


Eagles Travel To Syracuse For Regular-Season Finale

Football Game Notes -- Boston College at Syracuse


  • Is in his 34th year coaching, his 19th as a defensive coordinator and his third as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Boston College
  • Regarded as one of the nation's premier coaches and defensive strategists, was nominated for the Broyles Award honoring the top assistant in college football in 2013 and 2014
  • Instrumental to a program that achieved seven wins in 2013 and advanced to the AdvoCare v100 Independence Bowl on the heels of a 2-10 campaign in 2012; the five-win improvement tied for fourth-best in the FBS
  • Led BC to second-best rushing defense in the nation (94.5 yards/game) and the 11th-best total defense in the country (324.2 yards/game), good for third in the conference, in 2014 as the Eagles notched seven wins for the second consecutive season
  • Guided the Eagles to allow 21.3 points per game in 2014, third best in the conference and 21st in the nation
  • Coordinated the 2013 Eagle defense to finish among the nation's leaders in sacks (21st in nation, fifth in conference with 36), tackles for loss (30th in nation, eighth in conference with 88) and red zone defense (30th in nation, third in conference)
  • Orchestrated a 600 percent increase in team sack production (36 sacks) and nearly a 200 percent increase in team tackles for loss production (88 tackles for loss) in first season as defensive coordinator at the Heights
  • In his second season, the BC defense recorded 33 sacks (tied for 33rd in the nation and fifth in the ACC) -- including five in the victory over No. 9 Southern California -- and 74 tackles for loss (tied for 26 in the country and tied for fifth in the conference)
  • Spent 12 seasons as a head coach at three institutions - Plymouth State (1993-95), Northeastern (2000-03) and Massachusetts (2004-08); compiled a combined career record of 95-45 as a collegiate head coach
  • Came to the Heights after serving as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Connecticut for two seasons (2011-12).
  • Spearheaded a Connecticut defense that ranked among the nation's best in several statistical categories during his two-year tenure - yards per game allowed (10th, 309.9 ypg, 2012), scoring defense (22nd, 19.8 ppg, 2012), rushing defense (fourth, 85.7 ypg, 2011) sacks (13th, 2.8, 2011) and tackles for loss (19th, 7.3, 2011)
  • Coached four defensive players at Connecticut that were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft - CB Dwayne Gratz (third round; Jacksonville), LB Sio Moore (third round; Oakland), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (Tennessee) and DE Trevardo Williams (fourth round; Houston).
  • Served as defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Maryland for two seasons (2009-10). At Maryland, the defense improved significantly in nearly every statistical category. The Terps ended 2010 ranked No. 38 nationally in scoring defense, No. 39 in total defense, No. 21 in rushing defense, ninth in pass efficiency defense and tied for 18th in turnovers gained.
  • Went 43-19 as head coach at Massachusetts from 2004-08; guided the Minutemen to their best five-year span in program history (.694 win percentage).
  • Led the Minutemen to consecutive NCAA FCS postseason berths, consecutive conference titles and a 23-5 combined record from 2006-07; team captured the 2006 Atlantic 10 title with a perfect 8-0 record, won a school-record 12 games in a row, finished 13-2 and advanced to the national championship game.
  • Earned American Football Coaches Association Region I Coach of the Year honors in 2006; also earned Atlantic 10 and New England Coach of the Year honors that season
  • Led Northeastern to a combined record of 27-20 in four seasons as head coach (2000-03); went 18-7 in his last two seasons leading the Huskies, including a 10-3 record and the school's lone appearance in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 2002; earned Atlantic 10 and New England Coach of the Year honors that season
  • Served as defensive coordinator at Massachusetts during the 1998 and 1999 seasons; helped guide the Minutemen to two of the best seasons in school history as the 1998 team posted an overall record of 12-3 and won the Division I-AA national championship.
  • Served as the defensive coordinator at Brown University for two years (1996-97).
  • Went 25-6 (.806 win percentage) as head coach at Plymouth State from 1993-95; led the Panthers to a pair of Division III playoff appearances.
  • Prior to his time at Plymouth State he was the defensive coordinator at Dartmouth (1984-86) and Yale (1987-92) and an assistant coach at Mansfield (Pa.) University (1983).
  • Began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Dartmouth in 1982 after five seasons (1977-1982) at Hartford High School in White River Junction, Vt.

  • Starred at running back at Norwich University from 1973-76
  • Earned a bachelor's degree from Norwich University in 1977
  • A member of the Norwich University Hall of Fame
  • Earned his master's degree from Plymouth State in 1996
  • A native of Spencer, Mass.


  • LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Boston College), Seattle Seahawks
  • 2013 Walter Camp Conn. Player of the Year, All-ACC first-team honoree as a senior; 4th round selection (Seattle) in 2014 NFL Draft
  • DB Nolan Carroll (Maryland), Miami Dolphins
  • Fifth round selection of Miami in the 2010 NFL Draft
  • WR Victor Cruz (Massachusetts), NY Giants
  • 2012 Pro Bowl selection; Super Bowl XLVI champion; NY Giants record holder for single-season receiving yards
  • James Ihedigbo (Massachusetts), Baltimore
  • Super Bowl XLVII champion; Two-time AFC champion (2011, 2012); Consensus I-AA All-American (2006)


BirthdateJuly 31, 1955
HometownSpencer, Mass.
High SchoolDavid Prouty
CollegeNorwich University (1977)
ChildrenEcho, Zachariah, Rana, Chelsea
GrandchildrenLola, Piper, William, Remington, Jacoby, Aisling


2013-15 Boston College Defensive Coordinator/LB
2011-12 Connecticut Defensive Coordinator/CB
2009-10 Maryland Defensive Coordinator/CB
2004-08 Massachusetts Head Coach
2000-03 Northeastern Head Coach
1998-99 Massachusetts Defensive Coordinator
1996-97 Brown Defensive Coordinator
1993-95 Plymouth State Head Coach
1987-92 Yale Defensive Coordinator
1984-86 Dartmouth Defensive Coordinator
1983 Mansfield (Pa.) Univ. Defensive Coordinator
1982 Dartmouth Assistant Coach


1982 Dartmouth Ivy League Co-Champions
1989 Yale Ivy League Champions
1993 Plymouth State * ECAC Playoffs
1994 Plymouth State * NCAA Div. III 2nd Rd/Freedom Conf. Champs
1995 Plymouth State * NCAA Div. III 1st Round/Freedom Conf. Champs
1998 Massachusetts FCS National Champions/Atlantic 10 Champions
1999 Massachusetts FCS Quarterfinals/Atlantic 10 Champions
2002 Northeastern * FCS First Round/Atlantic 10 Champions
2006 Massachusetts * FCS Championship Game/Atlantic 10 Champions
007 Massachusetts * FCS Quarterfinals/Colonial Athletic Assoc. Champs
2010 Maryland Military Bowl Champs

* - head coach


2006 Massachusetts AFCA Region I Coach of the Year
2006 Massachusetts Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
2006 Massachusetts New England Football Coach of the Year
Norwich Hall of Fame Inductee


1973-76Norwich UniversityRunning Back

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